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Colorado Vacation: Ease in or Take the Plunge?

Written by Ashlee Sack, 05.31.2016

We know how it goes, you’re pushing through the last weeks of school and suddenly you realize: Summer is here! When planning your Colorado vacation adventures, it is better to ease in or take the plunge?

Take the Plunge into your Colorado Vacation!

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Hit the ground running (or paddling) this summer with a white water rafting trip!

You’ve been cooped up too long this winter, and it’s time to get out and play! Beginning your Colorado vacation right out of the gate may be just the thing to shake off the winter blues.

Colorado is blooming this time of year, and you’ll notice that the hills, plants, trees, and flowers are bursting with color. Even along the Arkansas River, which is located in a high mountain desert environment, shows signs of a lingering spring and early summer. Check out the cholla blooming on your white water rafting trip, and try to spot some of the newest members of the Arkansas River Valley: baby Bighorn Sheep and possibly even bear cubs.

The weather is a little milder this time of year, but the water level is getting higher. (For more information on how water flow can affect your white water rafting trip, see here.)  Of course, we offer rafting trips for all ability levels, but for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, there’s nothing more exciting than a trip down the Royal Gorge. Those who are in good physical condition with the ability to swim will absolutely love paddling this class IV section of whitewater that is known to be one of the most scenic and challenging sections in North America. On your Royal Gorge white water rafting trip, you’ll tackle rapids such as Sunshine, Wallslammer, and the Narrows. You’ll pass under the iconic Royal Gorge Bridge and travel 9 miles of remote, ancient canyon.

Jump right into your summer vacation with an epic family adventure with Echo Canyon. White water rafting trips are a fantastic way to kick off your summer break. You’ll make memories to last the rest of the summer and years beyond. Our family- or adventure-class white water rafting trips will thrill everyone on the trip…and the photos will keep you laughing long after your clothes dry.

Ease into your Colorado Vacation

There are a number of great reasons to rest, relax, and take some time to plan your summer adventure. There’s no rush – we offer fantastic trips all summer long, from May until September. (And those beautiful Rocky Mountains aren’t going anywhere, either.) Depending on what you’re looking for in a Colorado vacation, you may want to visit later in the summer, when temperatures in Southern Colorado heat up. May’s average temperature tends to hover around 80 degrees, but July can see temps soar toward the 90’s – which can make the Royal Gorge Region a fantastic water-based activity destination. Cool off in the Arkansas River or any of the other fantastic pools and hot-springs across the state.

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Rest, relax…then raft! Late summer is also a great time to experience the Arkansas River!

Water levels on the Arkansas tend to peak around late may and early June. After that time, when the spring runoff slows, you’ll find that levels even out a little bit and offer a more predictable flow. At Echo Canyon River Expeditions, we’ll help you determine which stretch of whitewater is best for you and your family or group. White water rafting is our passion, and we love sharing it with guests of all ages and abilities.

Set a date, reserve your spot, and look forward to a family trip all summer long. You don’t need to do much to prepare: we’ll take care of most of the gear that you’ll need for rafting, including all boating and safety equipment. You just need to wear comfortable non-cotton clothing, comfortable closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen on your white water rafting trip. (In fact, we even have that in our handy store.) You’re welcome to bring a waterproof camera on your trip, but make sure you can secure it to your PFD (personal flotation devise) with a strap or clip. We also offer GoPro footage on all trips, which is available for purchase. If you’re looking for a longer rafting trip, consider a multi-day trip, which can cover a longer span of the river. These trips require a little bit more planning, but we’ll still help you with all the gear and take care of ALL of the logistics. You don’t need to bring sleeping bags, tents, etc. – we have all the pertinent camping and white water rafting equipment ready and waiting for you. Just give us a call and we’ll help you plan the Colorado vacation of a lifetime! An added bonus: you won’t get reception on the river…you’ll get to unplug and unwind (and do a photo dump later).

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Ashlee has been living and rafting in Colorado for over a decade. She loves exploring and sharing all the best of the Royal Gorge Region with her husband and two little boys.
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